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Research on Violence Against Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance to inform ethical data collection and evidence generation

Authors:
UNICEF Data: Monitoring the situation of children and women
UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti
Alessandra Gueddes
Amber Peterman
Gabrielle Berman
Ramya Subrahmanian
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UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti
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Publication Year:
2021
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Guidance to inform ethical data collection and evidence generation

VAC COVID-19 Guidance
Guidance: Research on violence against children during the COVID-19 pandemic

 

Research and data are important to draw attention to the experiences of children during the COVID-19 pandemic, to advocate for a range of protection services to be available during the crisis and beyond, and to inform the design of violence against children (VAC) prevention and response programmes. That said, the need for evidence must be balanced against the substantial risks to children, families and even researchers participating in violence-related research and data collection efforts. These risks are always present, but are likely to be amplified in the context of COVID-19, which may require rapid research, often via remote methods such as mobile phones or the Internet.

A new UNICEF publication, Research on Violence against Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Guidance to inform ethical data collection and evidence generation, addresses key questions on generating VAC evidence that may arise during the pandemic and includes a decision tree (below) to guide those considering conducting research and data collection on VAC during COVID-19.

VAC COVID-19 Guidance Decision Tree

 

Global and national stakeholders have raised serious concerns about the risk of increased frequency and severity of VAC, alongside other forms of violence, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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